bitter rot

noun Plant Pathology.
a disease of apples, grapes, and other fruit, characterized by cankers on the branches or twigs and bitter, rotted fruit, caused by any of several fungi.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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Blue mold and bitter rot of apple fruit is caused by two different fungi.
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